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October 2019

$30 – $45

PDX Jazz presents Rebecca Kilgore, Nancy King, Veronica Swift: A Night of Jazz Vocalese

October 3 | 7:30 pm
Winningstad Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Rebecca Kilgore and Nancy King are among Portland’s Jazz Royalty. They are set to make an exceedingly rare appearance together on October 3 at the Winningstad Theatre and will be joined by the remarkable Veronica Swift, who performed with Benny Green to a capacity audience at last February’s PDX Jazz Festival. A Night of Jazz Vocalese is curated as a For Portland Only experience and will also include the stalwart rhythm section composed of Steve Christofferson, Tom Wakeling and Charlie Doggett. A Night of Jazz Vocalese will feature all singers individually, as well as paired and together as a fiercesome threesome. 2013 Portland Jazz Master Nancy King has been an enduring figure on past Jazz Festivals, appearing several times with Kurt Elling, most recently on…

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$39.50 – $45

PDX Jazz and Soul’d Out present Billy Cobham Crosswinds Project featuring Randy Brecker

75th Birthday Celebration Tour

October 8 | 8:00 pm
Star Theater, 13 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
Billy Cobham

Note: this event is 21+ Billy Cobham came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with trumpeter Miles Davis and then with the Mahavishnu orchestra. According to Allmusic’s reviewer, Cobham is “generally acclaimed as fusion’s greatest drummer.” He was inducted into the modern drummer hall of fame in 1987 and the classic drummer hall of fame in 2013. Cobham’s influence stretched far beyond jazz: prog contemporaries Bill Bruford of King Crimson listened closely to what he was up to, younger drummers like Danny Carey of Tool learned from him, and even Prince played a version of Cobham’s “Stratus” in concert. There’s maybe no bigger fan than Phil Collins, who has named Mahavishnu’s inner mounting flame as a key influence on his early style.…

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$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Shai Maestro Trio

October 21 | 7:30 pm
Classic Pianos, 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
Shai Maestro

“Hearing Shai Maestro is like awakening to a new world.” — All About Jazz Shai Maestro is one of the most promising and talented pianists of his generation. Since his debut with his own trio in 2011, Shai has shaped a strong and unique personal identity and has portrayed an incredible musical fluidity, making Shai and his trio one of the most powerful and harmonious groups in the jazz today. Shai’s fifth album and first album for the ECM, The Dream Thief, features the gifted pianist fronting his superlative trio with young and fellow Israeli Ofri Nehemya on drums and Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder, and also playing alone. Maestro portrays characteristically thoughtful originals, each one with a story to tell. His differentiated touch is special,…

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November 2019

$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Emmet Cohen Trio

November 6 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Emmet Cohen

Multifaceted American jazz pianist and composer Emmet Cohen is one of his generation’s pivotal figures in music and the related arts. DownBeat praised the “nimble touch, measured stride and warm harmonic vocabulary” he employs to communicate with other musicians and audiences at what he terms “the deepest level of humanity and individuality.” Leader of the Emmet Cohen Trio and creator of the Masters Legacy Series, Cohen is an internationally acclaimed jazz artist and dedicated music educator. Emmet Cohen is the winner of the 2019 American Pianists Awards and the Cole Porter Fellow of the American Pianists Association, and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Indianapolis. Cohen was a finalist in the 2011 Thelonious Monk International PianoCompetition. He has appeared in the Newport, Monterey, Jerusalem, and North…

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$25 – $30

PDX Jazz presents Steel House: Scott Colley, Brian Blade & Edward Simon

November 19 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
Steel House

Three well-known instrumentalists are building a new band called Steel House. The foundations of this house are deep and strong, the roof sturdy. Inside is one big, light-filled room occupied by the three leaders: Edward Simon on piano, Scott Colley on acoustic bass, and Brian Blade on drums. Each man is a world-class jazz player with his own robust composing, recording, and performing career. Since meeting in New York in the early 1990s, they have shared stages and studios, playing many different styles of music together. They decided to form (build) Steel House to create a dedicated place for their own musical explorations. The music of Steel House embraces both silence, and emerging from that stillness, conversation. The communication among Simon, Colley, and Blade stays…

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$12 – $15

PDX Jazz presents Dan Balmer and Dan Faehnle: The Imagination of Grant Green

November 23 | 9:00 pm
The Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th Ave
Portland, OR 97204 United States
Dan Balmer vs. Dan Faehnle

Note: this event is 21+ From coffee house gigs at fifteen to chart-topping success with the Tom Grant Band in the ’90s, world tours with two-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur and contemporary jam-bands, Dan Balmer brings fire and heart every time he plays the guitar. His playing spans nearly one hundred CDs including twelve as a leader from which his original works have appeared internationally in television, film and radio. An in-demand educator, Dan maintains a busy schedule of private lessons, group clinics and master classes throughout the US and abroad. He adjudicates student jazz band competitions at events such as the Monterey Next Generation Festival and Reno Jazz Festival along with beinga long-term teacher at the Centrum Jazz Workshop. He is the director…

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